Welcome to Betty’s Cook Nook
If you’re reading this, you have one, too.
My mom? She was more amazing than she knew; she was an awesome soul, a talented artist… and a fabulous cook.
“Betty” (or “Betty Jo,” as she was known by school-time friends), was born in an era when the kitchen was the true heart of the home. My family eating dinner together every evening was a cherished ritual that was as predictable as the sun and the moon.
While dinnertime yielded simple pleasures through creating, sharing and bonding, ironically enough, the regularity of the home-cooked family dinner seems to have diminished in the crazy fast-paced days of late.
Flashback 25 Years
Shortly after my mom was recovering from a stroke in the 1980s, her best friend “Bristol” borrowed her cookbook so the two of them could cook together while celebrating and sharing the love of my mom’s favorite recipes, since she couldn’t care for herself. Within two years, mom had sadly died at 52 years young and the cookbook remained on a shelf at Bristol’s house…
… until now.
Flash-Forward 25 Years
In an untimely, but awesome chain of events stemming from childhood friends re-connecting via Facebook, a new chapter of life has been born. When speaking with my mom’s best friend “Bristol,” I learned *she still had* mom’s cookbook and was happy to return it to me. Within a week, the cookbook traveled from Bristol’s kitchen in San Antonio to my kitchen in Dallas, arriving May 9, 2011.
My goal is to archive my mom’s favorite food recipes here as my way of honoring my ancestors and documenting the past for future foodies. My hope is that you experience Betty’s recipes as a way to celebrate the art of food making and eating… and that you share your comments and food-making suggestions here at Betty’s Cook Nook.
Reliving the delicious foods that nourished our family during my wonder years is something that has brought new perspective to life… certainly touching the heart and belly in the most magnificent of ways.
Cheers to this great new adventure!
Hungry? Let’s eat!
Start diving into mom’s digital cookbook by searching above, at right… by recipe categories or by specific ingredients. Follow your finger… and your belly! And above all else, have fun!